Exposé Online banner

Basement 3 — Fuzzyland
((Not on label) Merrymolemusic MMM-B303, 2004, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2005-09-01

Fuzzyland Cover artMulti-instrumentalist Kenny Schick does a valiant job of making Basement 3 not sound like a solo project. His guitars, bass, saxes and vocals are frequently augmented by live strings, horns, and drums, as well as frequent vocal contributions from Heather Courtney. When it starts out, you think you’re in for an AOR act, mature singer-songwriter stuff that, while well made, doesn’t jump out of the speakers at you. That (the jumping out of speakers) happens a couple tracks in, when Schick shows another side to his musical personality. Loud guitars crash into the mix, leaning it toward Nine Inch Nails sort of territory, and strangely enough it holds together, gelling into an organic whole rather than heavy elements shoe-horned into a place they don’t belong. Over the course of the album, other styles pop up, including funk, R&B, and what might be called chamber-folk. I’m reminded a little of the great, though much maligned Timbuk 3, and not just because of the number in the name. Schick has a very pleasant voice, whether going it alone or in harmonies (with himself and others), and is a talented lyricist for those who care about words. If there was any justice, we’d be hearing Basement 3 on the radio instead of — well, name your favorite boring chart-topper.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 32, 2004 releases

Related artist(s): Basement 3

Latest news

2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

XII Alfonso - Under – Apparently taking a break from their three-part tribute to painter Claude Monet, this French band has put out this lush instrumental concept album. You might typically say that an instrumental concept...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues